As Storms Rage, Bold 100% Clean Energy Bill Aims to Avert 'Climate Chaos Still Ahead'
Amid devastating hurricanes, historic flooding, epic wildfires, and the Trump administration’s ongoing war on climate science, a newly introduced bill is receiving accolades for offering a bold blueprint to ditch fossil fuels and create an equitable transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.
The Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act (OFF Act), introduced by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), “rises to the challenge of what science requires to avert the worst of the climate chaos still ahead, while mandating a just and swift transition to renewables,” Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food and Water Watch, stated Friday.
Food and Water Watch is among the scores of organizations that have endorsed the OFF Act, introduced in the House last week.
Referencing the consequences of climate change already felt by her home state of Hawaii, Gabbard said the bill was necessary because it’s “long past time for the federal government to take action for the sake of our people, our planet, and our future.”
According to Food and Water Watch, the legislation is a “game-changer” and “the strongest climate bill ever” introduced in Congress.
Specifically, the bill calls for (pdf) a moratorium on new fossil fuel projects, including pipelines, exploration, and import or export terminals; ends fossil fuel subsidies and directs those funds instead to the clean energy transition; funds weatherization for low-income communities; extends tax credits for wind and solar; bans crude oil and LNG exports; and supports workers by “prioritiz[ing] maximizing employment opportunities [in the renewable sector] for fossil fuel workers displaced in the transition to renewable energy, and residents of areas identified as Environmental Justice.”
“By investing in green technologies and ending corporate hand-outs to the fossil fuel industry, we can grow the economy, create good jobs, and protect our environment. The promise of a clean energy economy is one of skilled, good-paying jobs, advanced and sustainable infrastructure, and clean and safe neighborhoods,” Gabbard said.
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